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Oakham United defeat Tydd in Peterborough League Premier Division clash

Oakham United recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season with their maiden away victory of the campaign on Saturday.

Goals from Reece Darby and Josh Gooding secured a 2-1 triumph in the Peterborough League Premier Division clash at Tydd.

It capped a quick-fire double for Graeme Archer's charges against a Fenland side who had been beaten 3-2 in the reverse fixture at Lands' End Meadow a fortnight ago.

Reece Darby's goal gave Oakham the lead at Tydd. Photo: Geoff Atton (30050814)
Reece Darby's goal gave Oakham the lead at Tydd. Photo: Geoff Atton (30050814)

Archer was pleased with the performance of his players who coped well with the small playing surface at the Tydd St Giles Community Centre.

He said: "Tydd are not a bad side at all. We played on a tiny pitch so it was case of going there and getting the job done which we did.

"We got ourselves a goal up and looked to be cruising as our keeper hadn't been forced to make a save.

"We then made a stupid challenge to give them a penalty to equalise, but the lads responded well.

"Confidence is a big part of the game and winning breeds it so hopefully we can now start picking up a few more points.

"We are a decent side and the players have got to believe it. We have been the better side in most of the games we have played this season but have been dealt some bad luck.

"That does tend to even itself out over the season so hopefully we can keep moving forward."

Oakham took the lead in the opening period of Saturday's clash as Darby netted for the second successive match.

Darby had won a free-kick which, after he had taken it, was cleared back to him and the Oakham frontman fired home an excellent finish into the bottom corner of the Tydd net.

Oakham held the lead until half-time with Tydd then levelling 11 minutes after the restart when Jordan Clow scored from the penalty spot.

This sparked a strong response from Oakham and they regained the lead when Gooding got in front of his marker to turn home a free-kick from the right.

Tydd pushed forward in search of a second equaliser, but Oakham marshalled the game well and could have increased their lead when Gooding went close at the end.

Oakham are on their travels again on Saturday when they visit second-placed Peterborough North End Sports.

Archer added: "They are a young side like ourselves, but are a little bit further ahead than where we are.

"They have had a couple of seasons of bedding them in but are doing what we're trying to do at Oakham."

Oakham: Stephenson, Hatherill, Altham, Simpson, Chamberlain, Andre, S Archer, West, Gooding, Darby, North. Subs used: G Archer, Bates. Not used: C Archer.

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